With pitchers and catchers reporting in just 29 days, the Mets continue to hold out on filling their major league roster with the hope that prices in the free agent market will tumble and become somewhat suitable for front office’s not so rich tastes. The team has the money to spend and is not restricted, a fact reiterated by Alderson during a conference call last week, but they sure do have a funny way of showing it.
The Mets have yet to sign any player to a major league deal, mostly because of Alderson’s aversion to giving any free agent current market value, and he’s hoping for a 1929 style crash to occur between now and Opening Day. So for now, the team continues to play the waiting game – a game that has become a Rite of Winter for these New Mets.
Marc Carig of Newsday says that the market still includes high-profile targets such as former Yankees closer Rafael Soriano, outfielder Michael Bourn, starting pitcher Kyle Lohse and relatively strong pitching depth and that the budget-conscious Mets “look to be in good position to take advantage as they remain focused on adding a back-end starting pitcher and veteran help in the bullpen.”
I don’t know about that… I’m not so sure Scott Boras is suddenly going to urge Lohse, Soriano or Bourn to sign one year, $4 million dollar deals just so they could accommodate the “no-money-ball” front office. But who am I to squash their dreams. Dream On guys…
However I do agree with Carig who also says the Mets are “pretty comfortable with the options left on the board” in veterans Carl Pavano, Shaun Marcum and Chris Young. Those three are right up Alderson’s alley. The Mets have also not ruled out the return of righthanded reliever Jon Rauch.
The front office have once again shown interest in trading for Justin Upton, and also once again they backed off when they realized he was still not on Clearance Sale. In the meantime, Hairston still hangs around.
So chill out, stay calm and keep waiting… Eventually the Mets will have to get this 25 man roster thing sorted out… They have to… It’s in the rule book….